Cincinnati Reds

Red is lighting up the night sky in Cincinnati. The Great American Tower tiara has a red hue which will continue as long as the Cincinnati Reds are in the World Series hunt.  Eagle Realty, the company maintaining the lights, says there are 192 bulbs. All are Metal Halide lights, which last a long time.

The company says "Lighting of the tiara symbolizes the excitement throughout downtown Cincinnati as the community rallies around the Cincinnati Reds as they compete in the playoffs."

As the Reds go into postseason play for the second time in three seasons, here's some playoff history courtesy of Reds Hall of Fame Chief Curator Chris Eckes. 

The 1976 team went undefeated in the postseason, the only team to do that since Major League Baseball went to divisional play.  The Reds swept the Phillies in three games in the National League Championship and the Yankees in four in the World Series that year.  Eckes says prior to that run, Cincinnati manager Sparky Anderson had a prophetic discussion with reporters:

Reds players are pumped to be in the playoffs this weekend, but they do feel added pressure as the stakes get higher.

As strange as it sounds pitcher Bronson Arroyo says he'll try to do a little less.

The Reds will be heading to San Francisco to face the Giants for the start of the National League Division Series this weekend.  Cincinnati is the number two seed in the National League after the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies this afternoon to take the top spot.  The Reds first game against the Giants will be Saturday night at 9:37.
 

The Reds released a statement today saying as Manager Dusty Baker was being discharged from a Chicago hospital on Friday he suffered a mini-stroke and immediately was treated by the hospital's stroke team, which minimized the effects of the stroke.

Maryanne Zeleznik talks with John Erardi from the Cincinnati  Enquirer about the success of this year's Cincinnati Reds team.

Michael Keating

Hamilton County Commissioners are moving forward with a plan to shore up the struggling stadium fund for another year.

Essentially the board is taking out an insurance policy to cover the bulk of the debt and fund what's left from county reserves. It'll cost about $300,000.

Chick Ludwig

Aug 24, 2012

It’s a great time for sports fans in Cincinnati – the Reds are entrenched in the pennant race and the Bengals are gearing up for the start of a new season. With all that going on, time to bring longtime sports writer Chick Ludwig into The Front Row with Betsy Ross.

Rdikeman at the English language Wikipedia

The Reds are retiring Barry Larkin's uniform number a week from tomorrow and leading up to that they've launched a series of celebrations called the "11 Days of Larkin."

The National Hall of Famer's #11 will be retired August 25th. The events that day will feature a block party at The Banks starting at 1 p.m. and a post-game performance by Larkin's daughter Cymber, who's an international recording artist.

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